According to the survey of the World Economic Forum, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of the top technological drivers of change for the future of jobs, employment, skills, and workforce strategy in the 4th Industrial Revolution. According to Forbes prediction, embedded smart sensors, remote monitoring systems, big data, data analytics, and machine learning will be considered as the top 5 engineering skills in 2020. In order to prepare society for such an enormous diversity, modernizing Higher Education (HE) towards integrating IIoT skills for engineers is an extreme requirement. The main goal of the IoTRAIN project is to achieve the modernization and internationalization of higher education in Iran and Iraq, taking into account the huge changes introduced by Internet technologies in society and business, and to design, develop and enact teaching, peer-production, and continuous improvement processes.
The IoTRAIN project is particularly designed to target the growing demand for professional IIoT skills by enhancing IIoT-related training in Iranian and Iraqis HE institutions (HEI). In this regard, IoTRAIN covers a careful analysis of existing and future technological gaps in IIoT and provides required training towards improving the competitiveness of future Iranian and Iraqi engineers. IoTRAIN delivers an IIoT competence model consisting of the state-of-the-art skills in IIoT at the European and international standard levels. The provided model adopts up-to-date training materials of the European partners of the project and provides necessary high-level training with the aim of improving the competitiveness of future Iranian and Iraqi. Furthermore, IoTRAIN delivers a Digital Engineering competence model consisting of state-of-the-art skills in digitalization for engineers and experts following European and international standards.